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Australian National Botanic Gardens
Lens: DA55-300 Camera: K-5iis Photo Location: Canberra, Australia ISO: 400 
Posted By: RobG, 04-01-2013, 02:20 AM

Sometimes if you stand still, the birds will come close to you - if the food they want is close by! These are Silvereyes (known elsewhere as White Eyes I think).




A Water Dragon soaking up the last of the day's sun, making the most of it before winter's hibernation.



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A bee on a Grevillea.




A Red Browed Finch with an itch.




An immature Eastern Spinebill battling the bees for space on the Grevilleas.




An Eastern Rosella that was a bit surprised to see me!


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The shot of the bee on the Grevillea was taken with the DA35 f2.8 limited. All the others were taken with the DA55-300.
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Nice photos Rob.

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Nice shots.
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Nice photos Rob.
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Nice shots.
Thanks guys! I wasn't expecting much from an hour at the gardens, but the wildlife and the K5iis delivered!
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You sure have some colorful birds there Rob - nice series.
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Nice series. Love to see birds and plants we don't have here. TFS.

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You sure have some colorful birds there Rob - nice series.
Thanks Dave! Most of Australia's parrots are colourful, and there's plenty of others with lots of colour too - like the Bowerbirds for example.

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Nice series. Love to see birds and plants we don't have here. TFS.
Thanks Susan! Australian native flowers are certainly very different to those from the northern hemisphere.
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Good shots there Rob.
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Nicely done. That place is always a great place to shoot, even if its just to kill an hour or so.
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Wonderful images.

Wonderful images from Australia . . . makes me nostalgic to return to Girong Bird Park in Singapore! Oops,correct spelling is Jurong. Here is the URL for anyone interested:

http://www.birdpark.com.sg/
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Good shots there Rob.
Thanks!

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Nicely done. That place is always a great place to shoot, even if its just to kill an hour or so.
Thanks! True - I always see something interesting every time I visit! It's cheap to visit too - you only have to pay the parking fee.

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Wonderful images from Australia . . . makes me nostalgic to return to Girong Bird Park in Singapore!
Thanks! I might visit some of those places in Singapore in August. I should add that the birds in the National Botanic Gardens are wild, not in an aviary though. They know whether there's likely to be something native that is flowering or fruiting most of the year! The National Botanic Gardens contain exclusively Australian species of plants (OK, except the grass) from all over the country.
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good shots of these birds, nice & sharp. The silver eye and red browed finch are quite small, I've never been able to get as close as that, good job.
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good shots of these birds, nice & sharp. The silver eye and red browed finch are quite small, I've never been able to get as close as that, good job.
Thanks! The Silvereyes were hungry and I happened to be in the right place. The finch just didn't seem to notice me.
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